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Bad Taste in Mouth After Tooth Extraction

Why do I have a bad taste in mouth after tooth extraction? Aside of the weird, funny and bad taste in mouth, some people also complain about the bad breath problems they’re having after removing their tooth or wisdom tooth.

What’s causing the weird and funny taste?

There are several possible causes, but the one thing you should remember is that this is not uncommon. There are many people around the world is having the same problem.

In general, the bad taste could last for up to three weeks. If the problem still persists, you may have one of these problems:

  • Dry socket
  • Infection
  • Rotten food debris
  • Bacteria caught in the socket

Remember that these are just possible causes. Our recommendation is to wait until two weeks, and if the problem persists you should make an appointment with your dentist or oral surgeon and let the professional judge which one is the cause. This way, they can provide the best possible treatment for both the bad taste and the bad breath.

Bad taste in mouth after tooth extraction treatment

There is no special treatment for this condition, because it is a pretty common and temporary condition after the tooth are removed (especially true for molar and wisdom teeth removal). Dentists usually recommend you to continue with your daily brushing. Remember to thoroughly brush your teeth to remove all possible food debris that stuck in your teeth socket. From our experience, food debris can really cause a horrible bad breath and may lead to an infection (because bacteria tends to develop in rotten food debris).

Additionally, you can take simple home remedies like rinsing with warm salt water to keep the bacteria number in check. You can also use over the counter mouth rinse like Peroxyl. Hopefully this way can reduce the weird taste in mouth post tooth extraction.

Remember, if you have a bad or funny taste in mouth after tooth extraction or removal, don’t freak out. It is pretty common and usually then temporary condition will go away after a week or so. If you don’t feel any discomfort or excessive pain, keep brushing and rinsing with warm salt water everyday and wait until up to two weeks before you visit your dentist or oral surgeon. If there’s pain, there’s a possibility that it’s an infection. Visit your dentist immediately to rule out infection or dry socket cause.

Share some comments or perhaps your experience with this condition. Last but not least, I hope our post can give you some answer about the bad taste after tooth extraction causes and treatment. Remember to read our golden rules for tooth extraction to find out more about this issue, including some useful tips you might find interesting!


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  1. pam

    June 29, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I had the same problem of horrible taste four days after a tooth extraction. The taste was so bad it made me nauseous. I used warm salt water rinse the week. Then I started using diluted apple cider vinegar to rinse it out followed with plain water. The vinegar seems to help more than the salt water. I also know that it is a natural disinfectant… don’t know if that applies to the mouth or not. But it does help with the nasty taste!

    • Lisa Parker

      January 13, 2016 at 6:15 am

      Interesting! Glad to hear that your recipe reduces the horrible taste after the extraction. However, we highly recommend you to go to your dentist and have him take a look, just to make sure that everything’s just fine. Usually the horrible taste only lasts for two or three days.

  2. Jason finn

    December 28, 2015 at 5:43 am


    • Lisa Parker

      December 31, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Hello Jason,
      It is understandable to have slight worry about eating with a hole opened in your wisdom tooth socket. Usually during the first few weeks after the wisdom tooth extractions I avoid eating from that side (meaning that if you have a wisdom tooth removed on the left side of the mouth, you should use the right side of the mouth to chew). After a couple of days it might help rinsing gently using antibacterial mouthwash after you eat.
      If the bad breath problem persists for a week or the pain doesn’t subside, consult to your dentist.

  3. Jane

    February 8, 2016 at 2:52 am

    I had a full mouth extraction 4 days ago with dentures put in right after. The smell and taste is horrible.. what can I do to lessen it. The pain has basically completely gone away, it’s just soar now where the dentures rub and under my jaw where I am bruised pretty bad.

    • Kevin Lonsdale

      May 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Jane, ive had the same done 2 days ago. im still swollen and in pain, how long did it take for the taste and smell to go? i keep rinsing with salty water and it keeps cleaning the dead skin and blood away but it doesn’t seam to get rid of the smell and taste

      • Lisa Parker

        July 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

        Hello, Kevin

        If you had just had the surgery in the last two days, the bad smell and bad taste in mouth after the extraction may last for about 2 more days. At that time, the pain should much lesser than the first day. If you are still experiencing bad smell after the seventh day, then you might want to talk to your dentist.

        There’s a risk of infection going on, or you might have food debris entering the empty socket. In most cases, it is the food debris.

    • Lisa Parker

      July 9, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Hello Jane,

      I am very sorry to hear what happen to you and I also sorry for being late to reply. Recently there was a problem in our database that makes the Greatlakesdentist site down.

      To my knowledge, dentists commonly place dentures after a ‘waiting period’ that allows the wound to heal. This waiting period is typically a month, but in some cases it can take a few months. This will ensure that the new denture will be placed in a clean area, meaning that it will reduce the risk of infection. This leads to a question: What kind of denture do you use?

      Commonly, the smell and taste should be gone right after three to four days, but some might still experience it in the seventh day. The most important thing here is to rely on your intuition. If you think that there’s something not normal, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.

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